Monday, March 14, 2005

Greg's favorite audition story (and mine)...which do you think is better?

Here's Greg's:

At our very first auditions 12 years ago — this was at New Conservatory Theatre — an actor wandered in from a Sam Shepard audition down the hall.  Stephanie and I looked warily at each other, because he looked like he might suddenly go postal on us — he had the Shepard grunge look down pat.  So, he’d never auditioned for a musical before, but Stephanie had a fake book there and he looked through it and found one song he knew, which he then proceeded to sing for us.  It was "I Enjoy Being a Girl" from FLOWER DRUM SONG.  Over the years, when directors and casting directors get together and nosh over audition stories, we can always trump their aces with this one.

So, contestant #1: grungy Sam Shephard-type singing "I Enjoy Being a Girl" for his first musical audition ever.

Here's mine:

I did a couple of summers in stock at the Barn Theatre in Michigan, that's where I got my Equity card. Each year they auditioned for new apprentices in Chicago, and as you can imagine got a broad variety of skill levels in those auditions.

The first year I worked there the big audition story was this: a girl had come in to audition for an apprentice position. She pulled out "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" by CORRECTION: The Gershwins to sing. [Note: Thanks to reader KH for correcting my egregious, can't-believe-I-made-it error of saying it was by Cole porter. I hang my head in shame.]

In case you don't know it by its title, that's the "You say Potato; I say Potahto. You say Tomato; I say Tomahto; You say eether; I say eyether" song.

Only this girl didn't quite get it. She got up and sang it, completely serious and determined:

"You say potato; I say potato
You say tomato; I say tomato
Potato, potato, tomato, tomato
Let's call the whole thing off"

OK, it might be a little more hilarious when you hear it.

Anyway, I always crack up because I try to imagine what she thought the song was actually about!

Contestant #2: Clueless girl singing Cole.

What do you think?

The "I enjoy being a girl" anectdote is quite amusing, but I have to say I laughed out loud at the second audtion story. What kind of couple repeats vegetable and fruit names to each other and then break up over that? Hilarious!
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